Middle East

Lebanon: UN denies media reports of Israeli incursion

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon today denied media reports claiming that the Israeli military forces recently carried out an incursion over the Blue Line separating the two countries.

UN experts call on Iran not to execute Iranian Arabs after ‘grossly unfair trial’

Three independent United Nations human rights experts have called on Iran to stop the imminent execution of seven Iranian Arab dissidents on charges of “being at war with God,” citing allegations of torture and “trials that made a mockery of due process.”

Iraqi journalists and officials rally for freer Iraqi media at UN-backed conference

Iraqi journalists, parliamentarians and government officials have united to call for the protection and promotion of a free and pluralistic media at a conference held at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris.

Iraq: Ban Ki-moon says UN will work with Government and partners to promote stability

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the United Nations will work with the Baghdad Government and key partners to promote stability in Iraq, while continuing efforts to facilitate the political process to the full extent possible within prevailing security constraints.

UN Children’s Fund staffer shot dead in Baghdad

A United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) staff member was shot dead while driving his car in Baghdad yesterday, sparking mournful tributes to the late father of two who devoted over seven years of his life to improving Iraq’s shattered education infrastructure.

UN launches $60-million appeal for hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis

The United Nations refugee agency today launched a $60-million appeal to fund its work over the next year for hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the conflict in Iraq.

Ban Ki-moon urges Iraqi Government not to execute those on death row

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Government of Iraq to grant a stay of execution to those whose death sentences may be carried out in the near future.

UN hopes Israel, Palestinians avoid violence in light of ‘positive developments’

The chief United Nations spokesperson today voiced the hope that Israel and the Palestinians would exercise restraint in the light of some recent positive developments and avoid violence such as yesterday’s Israeli military incursion into the main Palestinian West Bank town of Ramallah.

UN human rights expert deplores Saddam’s trial and execution; calls for legal overhaul

Citing “glaring flaws” in the trial of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who was hanged on Saturday, and his co-defendants, an independent United Nations human rights expert has called on the Iraqi Government to halt the other executions and overhaul its judicial system to comply with international law.

UN human rights chief calls on Iraq not to hang co-defendants of Saddam

The top United Nations human rights official appealed directly to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani today not to execute two high-ranking colleagues of former president Saddam Hussein, who was hanged on Saturday.